Is a Therapy Student’s Time Treating a Patient Billable

October 22, 2018
Rick Gawenda

A question I have been receiving often lately is can the time a therapy student or therapy assistant student is treating an outpatient receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy be billed to the insurance carrier since the student is under the direct supervision of the therapist or assistant (if the student is a therapy assistant student)? As you can imagine, there are several answers to this question. The answers are yes, no, maybe so and depends.

Lets talk first about Medicare beneficiaries receiving outpatient physical, occupational and/or speech therapy services (i.e. paid under Medicare Part B benefits). Does the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay the provider when the services were provided by a therapy student or therapy assistant student?

In CMS Publication

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